The Story of a Kurdish General

For the past two months, a group of Ukrainian fighters has been holed up in the Azovstal steel plant in the city of Mariupol, mounting a last stand against Russian forces in a critical part of eastern Ukraine.

On Monday, Ukraine finally surrendered the plant.

After the end of the determined resistance at Azovstal, we hear from Leonid Kuznetsov, a 25-year-old soldier who had been stationed inside.


Michael Schwirtz, an investigative reporter for The New York Times.

A bus carrying service members of Ukrainian forces from the besieged Azovstal steel mill in Mariupol. On Monday, they surrendered handing Russia a rare victory.
Alexander Ermochenko/Reuters

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Michael Schwirtz contributed reporting.

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